Minor League Roundup - 7/6

The red-hot Frisco RoughRiders and Bakersfield Blaze continued their dominant second-half starts on Tuesday evening. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City - Nashville - PPD (Rain)
44-38, 1.5 GU

The RedHawks had their doubleheader washed out. They'll attempt to play another doubleheader at 5:05 p.m. Central on Wednesday.

AA: Frisco 4 - Arkansas 3
W - Garr (7-3)
SV - Eppley (9)
10-2, 4.5 GU

Engel Beltre singled twice in four at-bats, and his Double-A average dropped to .556.

After a few games in Double-A, Beltre finally had a couple negative results––he was picked off at first base, and he committed a fielding error in center.

Starting pitcher Tanner Roark kept the ‘Riders afloat, giving up three runs [two earned] over five innings. He walked two and struck out three.

Left fielder Andy Jenkins' double was Frisco's only extra-base hit.

DH Renny Osuna singled once, walked once, and stole his ninth base.

The bullpen was excellent, with Ben Snyder [2 IP], Brennan Garr [1 IP] and Cody Eppley [1 IP] combining for four innings of scoreless relief.

Eppley struck out the side in the ninth inning, picking up his ninth Double-A save.

In 40.2 total innings this season, Eppley has a 0.66 ERA with 10 walks and 51 strikeouts in 40.2 innings.

Player of the Game: RHP Cody Eppley
1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1.19

A+: Bakersfield 9 - San Jose 7
W - Murphy (2-1)
SV - Hamburger (12)
10-3, 3.0 GU

Joe Wieland was knocked around for six runs on 11 hits in just three innings in his second High-A start, but his bullpen and offense picked him up in a big way.

Left-hander Tim Murphy acted as the long reliever, allowing only one run over 3.2 frames to pick up his second victory of the year.

Leadoff hitter David Paisano (.297/.358/.380) singled three times, walked once, scored four runs, and stole his 14th base of the season.

Jake Kaase (3/5, 2B) and Mike Bianucci (1/4, 2B) both doubled once.

Left fielder Erik Morrison had only one hit on the night, but it was a three-run homer off starter Kyle Nicholson in the third inning.

Tom Mendonca (2/4) and Andres James (2/4) both singled twice.

Player of the Game: CF David Paisano
4 4 3 0 0 0 1 0 .297

A: Hickory 1 - (@) Delmarva 3
L - Erlin (3-2)
HR - Ortiz (6)
7-6, 3.5 GB

Robbie Erlin (1.64 ERA/.187 BAA) doesn't struggle very often, but he was beaten on Tuesday night.

The 19-year-old southpaw gave up three runs on a season-high six hits over 3.2 innings. He struck out two without walking a batter.

Sidearming righty Johan Yan continued to pitch well with the ‘Dads, as he kept Delmarva off the scoreboard for three innings. He gave up two singles while walking one and striking out two.

Yan gave up 28 runs in 25 innings with the rookie-level AZL Rangers last summer. So far with Hickory, he has yet to surrender a run in seven innings.

First baseman Michael Ortiz provided Hickory's only run of the game with his solo homer in the fifth inning. He also singled.

Centerfielder Jared Bolden was 1-for-4 with a double, his first since moving back to Hickory.

Sam Brown retired all four batters he faced in relief, striking out one.

Player of the Game: RHP Johan Yan
3.0 2 0 0 1 2 0 0.00

SSA: Spokane 2 - Boise 4
L - Grullon (0-1)
HR - Olt (1)
9-9, 0.5 GB

Left-hander Juan Grullon made his Spokane debut on Tuesday night, and he allowed three runs [two earned] on eight hits over four innings. The Dominican Republic native walked one and fanned three.

Third baseman Mike Olt was just 1-for-4 on the night, but the one knock was his first professional home run.

Right fielder Yefry Castillo (.327/.365/.449) was 3-for-3 with a base on balls.

The 20-year-old Castillo is 9-for-17 with two doubles and a home run in his last four ballgames.

Shortstop Jurickson Profar batted leadoff and went 1-for-3 with a walk. He also committed his second error.

Sidearming reliever Ben Rowen tossed two hitless innings, getting three groundouts and one strikeout.

Left-hander Jimmy Reyes gave up a solo home run in three innings out of the ‘pen. He struck out four without walking a batter.

Player of the Game: LHP Jimmy Reyes
3.0 1 1 1 0 4 1 3.00

RK: AZL Rangers 9 - (@) AZL Reds 4
W - Melo (2-0)
8-5, 1.0 GB

The AZL Rangers continued to mash the ball, pushing across nine runs on 15 hits, including five extra-base knocks on Tuesday night.

Starting pitcher Carlos Melo was excellent for the second consecutive outing, working six scoreless innings. The 19-year-old Dominican Republic native allowed two singles while walking one and fanning five.

At the plate, third baseman Christian Villanueva was 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, and two runs batted in.

Teodoro Martinez (2/3, 3B, BB) and Drew Robinson (2/4, 3B, BB) both tripled once and walked once.

Tomas Telis (1/5, 2B) and Jonathan Roof (1/1, 2B) both doubled once. Roof was making his professional debut, as he is returning from a rib injury sustained during the final game of his collegiate season.

Shortstop Oduber Herrera (2/4) and first baseman Jhonny Gomez (2/5) both singled twice.

Right-handed reliever Tim Steggall made his pro debut, giving up two runs [one earned] on two hits in 1.1 innings. He fanned one without issuing a walk.

Player of the Game: 3B Christian Villanueva
4 1 3 1 0 2 1 1 .308

DSL: DSL Rangers 6 - (@) DSL Angels 7
L - D. Perez (1-4)
HR - Morillo (1)
15-16, 4.5 GB

The DSL Rangers' season-long losing streak extended to six games on Tuesday afternoon.

Starting pitcher David Perez (2.89 ERA/.257 BAA) was charged for five runs allowed in 3.2 innings, but just one of them was earned. He yielded three hits while walking two and striking out two.

Third baseman Robert Morillo (.259/.359/.426) led the way offensively, going 1-for-3 with a three-run homer and two walks.

Leadoff man Chris Garia singled three times and stole his 11th base of the season.

Left fielder Francisco Lugo was 1-for-1 with three walks, giving him 13 versus only nine strikeouts on the season.

Right-hander Emiliano Medina fanned one in two scoreless innings. The 19-year-old has yet to surrender an earned run in 12 innings this season.

Player of the Game: 3B Robert Morillo
3 1 1 0 1 3 2 0 .259

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